What does a Packer do?

Packers work in warehouse environments and prepare finished products to be packaged and shipped. They’re often assigned specific zones or areas where they retrieve items as needed from inventory stock, check to see that they are in good condition, wrap them securely and safely, and pack them up for shipping. Packers receive invoices that list the necessary items to be placed in the shipments; they retrieve them from inventory and update inventory tallies to reflect items removed.

When a box is ready for shipment, a packer weighs it and ensures the items and shipping information match the invoice. They keep products separated and organized and in good rotation. They monitor products frequently and report problems to mitigate any safety issues. Packers operate various equipment types, including forklifts, wrappers, and dolly loaders, and report any mechanical problems. They follow safety regulations and maintain clean, sanitary, and save work areas, scan and sort outgoing stock, and need a minimum high school diploma, GED, or equivalent and forklift certification within 90 days of starting their job.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Packer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$35,561 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $36K
$41K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Packer Career Path

Learn how to become a Packer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Packer
$35,561/yr
L3
Packer III
$50,978/yr
L4
Packer IV
$36,712/yr
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Packer Insights

Read what Packer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
FN Logistics
Order Picker
Jun. 28, 2019

“Pay is close to minimum wage so if you do not work insane hours your check is pathetic.”

Cotton OnCotton On
Pick Packer
Feb. 20, 2021

“It's a good place to work especially during your holidays and wants to make extra money.”

WalmartWalmart
Freezer Order Filler
Sep. 8, 2021

“Money is great and you don't have to work more than 4 days a week.”

WalmartWalmart
Order Picker
Sep. 1, 2020

“Good pay with raises and potential to make 30% on top of what you make once you get experienced.”

MorrisonsMorrisons
Amazon Pick and Pack
Apr. 16, 2021

“£10 hourly pay was good although £10 wasn’t enough to be treated the way you are.”

J SainsburyJ Sainsbury
Order Picker
Dec. 7, 2019

“No chance of promotion here this is literally a dead end job doing the same exact thing every single time.”

WalmartWalmart
Order Filler
Feb. 24, 2021

“Good pay and good Benifits”

AmazonAmazon
Packer
Feb. 27, 2021

“Training was not optimal because of COVID restrictions but I understand it would have been much better if not for the pandemic.”

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Packer Interviews

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